MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND TRADES

Architecture, CADD and Construction

LOVE TO BUILD THINGS WITH YOUR HANDS?

Explore careers in Architecture, CADD and Construction.

What is it?

Construction workers, drafters, and architects helped build the house you live in, the school you attend, the buildings where people work, and the roads you drive on. Essentially most any home, building or structure is designed by architects and built by construction workers, from designing the blueprints, to putting up the frame of a house or building, to making sure that all the details like plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning and siding are installed properly.

What will I do?

Architects design the blueprints of the house, building, or structure that the construction workers will follow. Carpenters put up the framework of the building, create cabinets, and build out the framing for doors and windows. Skilled workers like electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians, each contribute the finishing details to make sure the home or building is ready to move into.

Leads to these jobs:

  • Architect
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Carpenter
  • Construction Worker
  • Electrician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Plumber
  • Roofer

Is this for me?

  • Like working with your hands
  • Attention to detail
  • Quality work
  • Manual labor
  • Like to work out
  • Good at math

Employer Spotlight: CARLSON CONSTRUCTION

Carlson Construction is a nationwide general contractor, design/builder and construction manager, based in Joliet, IL. Our vast experience and extensive knowledge includes many types of large-scale construction and development projects, from multi-family residential projects, to shopping centers, to senior housing facilities and manufacturing plants.

Challenges are Opportunities, Hard Work Results in Great Rewards.

In-Demand Occupations in Illinois

Surveying and Mapping Technician

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $52,819
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 7%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 1,560

Mechanical Drafter

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $55,502
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 6%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 3,360

Architectural and Civil Drafter

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $58,111
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 5%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 2,400

Mechanical Engineering Technician

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $58,320
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 4%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 1,930

Civil Engineering Technician

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $59,885
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 9%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 1,870

Building Inspector

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $63,191
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 8%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 3,240

Electrical Drafter

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $68,745
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 4%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 800

Source – Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2019

ARCHITECTURE, MANUFACTURING AND AUTOMOTIVE @ JJC

JJC’s ACE program has been designed for high school students who are considering career pathways in the field of architecture, engineering or construction management. With 12 hours of college credit to be earned, the student will explore each discipline and can apply those credits to the track best suited to their interest for further study.

Learn more at www.jjc.edu/academics

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURSUING ARCHITECTURE, CADD AND CONSTRUCTION

talk to your school counselor or teachers about what next steps to take.

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